Teresa (Terry) Rynard, Director of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation, has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Ms Rynard was recently inducted at the Academy’s Annual Meeting during the 2019 National Recreation and Park Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who are leaders in the field of parks and recreation. They must have served for at least 15 years in a high level of administration in a park and recreation agency or as a recognized educator in parks and recreation administration or they must manage a park and recreation department for an agency with a population of more than 500,000. They also must have demonstrated outstanding ability in administration, management or education in the profession; displayed broad interest with a direct service benefit to the advancement of public parks and recreation or assumed leadership with a keen desire to contribute to the advancement of the field. The Academy is limited to 125 active members.
Established in 1980, the Academy was formed to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to support and encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration.
“The Class of 2019 is a great addition to the Academy,” said 2019 President Carolyn F. McKnight of Dallas, Texas. “It is one of the largest classes the Academy has ever inducted which represents a diverse group of professionals and educators – all with superior career experience and a dedication to improving the quality of life through the provision of high-quality parks and recreation opportunities. We welcome our 2019 Fellows.”
More information on the Academy is available at www.aapra.org.